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Nottingham Trent University opens investigation into allegation of racism after England defeat

Nottingham Trent University have launched an investigation into an incident of racial abuse from an alleged NTU student.

A video circulating on Instagram shows a screen recording from a Snapchat group chat with one individual racially abusing England players in a voice note.

It comes after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed their penalties in a shoot-out defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday (July 11).

In the video, which was screen recorded by a participant of the group chat, an individual was heard repeatedly using the n-word. Those involved in the group chat responded with anger saying “Mate, don’t say that ever again”, “that’s low” and “too far”.

A Nottingham Trent University spokesperson said: “NTU does not accept any form of discrimination, including racism.

“This allegation does not involve an NTU student. We are investigating and if we find that this relates to an NTU applicant we may take further action including, but not limited to, withdrawing an offer and cancelling any accommodation.”

The Student Code of Behaviour adds that possible punishments include a written warning, a fine or suspension.

Sancho, Saka and Rashford received vile abuse on social media, whilst the latter also had a mural of him in Manchester defaced.

The Manchester United forward said in a statement yesterday (July 12): “I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I and where I come from.”

He added: “The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears.

“The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 years old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.”

Jonathan Joseph, who has made over 100 appearances for Bath and over 50 for England, said the video was “disgusting”.

Former Harlequins and England international Ugo Monye added: “Absolute disgrace. Keep naming & shaming these ppl. [sic]”

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By Matt Lee & Kieran Burt

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